A “I Am America” special report by CNN featured KIPP STRIVE Academy principal Ed Chang. Watch the video to hear Ed explain why he switched from his previous career as a physical therapist to the education field.
“Education is the civil rights movement of today.” – Ed Chang
The organization’s mission is to “improve the quality of education in Atlanta Public Schools by recognizing outstanding teachers and school leaders for their commitment to excellence.” KIPP STRIVE Academy’s Principal, Ed Chang, and 5th grade math teacher, Mike Stewart, were two of ten winners of the 2011 AFAEE awards. The awards each came with $7,500 in grant money to help fund innovative classrooms and school-wide projects. The project was made possible thanks to Councilmember Kwanza Hall, the Chick-fil-A cow, the Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders, and Superintendent Erroll Davis.
At a time when the Atlanta Public School system has been engrossed in news of cheating scandals it is refreshing to know that KIPP STRIVE Academy has continued to aim high. Westview residents can be proud to have such award-winning educators within the neighborhood school.
The Westview Community Organization would like to congratulate Ed Chang and Mike Stewart on their commitment and dedication to the future of the children in southwest Atlanta!
With KIPP STRIVE Academy opening its doors to the first 95 5th graders in two weeks on July 8th volunteers were hard at work this past weekend to get the school ready. Neighbors, teachers, and parents joined efforts to get the classrooms, offices, auditorium and hallways furnished and decorated. Desks and filing cabinets were hauled from the basement to the designated rooms, bulletin boards were setup, artwork was hung on the walls, and tennis balls attached to the feet of auditorium chairs. Exciting features of KIPP STRIVE is an outdoor classroom, as well as raised vegetable beds and a compost all overlooking the future BeltLine trail. As a “thank you” gesture lunch was provided for the volunteers.